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Getting answers: 1 week after manhole explosion

ALBANY -- "We found that we had a burnout with one of our underground cables in that area," said National Grid spokesman Steve Brady.

He was talking about what exactly lead up to the March 23rd manhole cover explosion. We may never know the exact cause of the burnout.

"Where there was smoldering like that the equipment gets so burned up that it is difficult to know for sure what caused it to start smoldering," said Brady.

Brady said it's easier to find problems with above ground lines; a simple one hour fix above ground might take 12 hours below.

"It can be extremely difficult if not nearly impossible to see down an entire length of a conduit," said Brady.

According to Brady the company is still working on a solution. The Department of Public Services oversees the work done by National Grid.

They wouldn't answer many questions, but did issue this statement: "We have an active investigation looking into the National Grid incidents, but we donot have any details at this time. There is no deadline set when theinvestigation will be complete."

 
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